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Saudi Arabia updates:
These officially went into effect on July 20, 2021 and include the following details.
Product categories subject to the updated CITC regulations include:
Mobile phones, tablets, and mobile computers
Mobile routers and customer premises equipment (CPEs)
Cellular IoT devices
Mobile phones, tablets, and mobile computers must support at least LTE (4G) technology, however devices are recommended to also support 5G NR technology and WiFi 6/WiFi 6e, and equipped with eSIM. Specifically the devices must support B1, B3, B8, B20, B28, B40 and B41 (2540-2640MHz) LTE frequency bands. Starting in July 1, 2022 devices must also support the following 5G frequencies to obtain certification for the Saudi Arabia market. Those 5G frequencies are: 5G NR: n1, n3, n8, n28, n40, n71, n77. All handsets must support the Cell Broadcast Service (CBS) and starting October 1, 2021 they should also meet requirements for the Advanced Mobile Location (AML) emergency communication service.
For mobile routers and customer premises equipment (CPEs) the devices must support at least LTE (4G) technology, and starting July 1, 2022 must also support WiFi6 technology.. It is recommended that these devices also support 5G NR and WiFi 6e (5.925 – 7.125 GHz) technologies when entering the Saudi Arabia market. Additionally, devices should operate in the following LTE bands: B1, B3, B8, B20, B28, B40 and B41 (2540-2640MHz) and starting from July 1, 2022 devices must also support 5G NR: n1, n3, n8, n28, n40, n71, n77 frequencies to get access to the Saudi Arabia market.
Cellular IoT devices should support at least LTE (4G), NB-IoT, or LTE-M technologies and operate in B3, B8, B20, and B28 frequency bands. The CITC also recommends for such devices to be able to operate on LTE/NB-IoT/LTE-M: B71 frequency band. Contact CSIA for more information on these changes and how they affect your Global Market Access in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Starting January 15, 2020 the list of products that require mandatory registration on SABER has been updated.
The SABER allows traders to issue the required conformity certificates and shipment certificates of conformity for products that enter the Saudi Arabia marketplace.
This updated list affects many products and is going to be the method used by KSA customs to clear products for importation. It is important to know if your product is on the list as your product may have previously been exempt.
With the update, many products that entered into Saudi Arabia using SASO CoC can no longer be imported without going through the process of SABER approval.
Should your product be un-regulated, not on the new regulated list, your importer can upload a self declaration of conformity showing the compliance of the product with the KSA standard and take responsibility for importing the product.
Please, remember if the product is the regulated one, the shipment first must be verified by the Certification body. If a valid CoC is confirmed a Shipment Certificate of Conformity is also issued online on SABER and valid for that specific shipment only.
Any shipment orders that are not issued by SABER will be deceased except for those that have a CoC issued before the validity date of the TR for the specific product.
Please contact CSIA for more information on these regulatory updates and your Global Market Access needs.
The kingdom must abide by the technical Body specification (RI056) "Specifications of the global system for mobile Communications (UMTS) (3g) and (LTE) (4g) and its attached devices ", which included that the devices must support the fourth generation as a minimum and the electronic poster should be applied to it. Therefore, the peripheral devices within the scope of this specification that do not meet the requirements of the above specification will not be opened or approved, and the authority has cancelled the certificates of conformity for non-4g devices that were approved prior to the issuance of the above-mentioned specification.
The new regulations specifically state "All mobile phones and tablets must contain CITC E-label and complies with CITC broadcast alert procedure in disaster and emergency situation.
Additionally, all mobile phones, tablets, routers and modems must support 4G as a requirement for equipment approval and customs clearance."
This means only cellular products that support 4G will be approved and allowed entry into Saudi Arabia.
Note that in August of 2019 CSIA consulted with CITC regarding cellular products that were approved under technical specifications other than RI056. We were informed that although the regulations specifically mention technical standard RI056 no cellular product that does not utilize LTE will be approved in Saudi Arabia.
Specification for UMTS (3G) and LTE (4G) Handsets and Related Equipment requires tracking devices and machine-to-machine communication devices to support 4G technology. Testing should be done to ensure compliance with the following specifications:
EN 301 908-1
EN 301 908-2
EN 301 908-6
EN 301 908-13
EN 301 489-1
EN 301 489-24In addition, products must also comply with Specification GEN001, and mobile phones, tablets, smart watches, and laptops must possess a CITC e-label.
Contact CSIA for more details.
The Communications and Information Technology Center (CITC) has announced that E-Label is now required for all Mobile Phones and Tablets. Manufacturers of already approved mobile phones and tablets without E-Label must release a software update as soon as possible. Note that other devices are not required to have E-Label and in fact are not required to have any national label in Saudi Arabia. ContactCSIA for a label example or more information on this new requirement.
The Saudi Arabian Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) has start of receiving applications to obtain a certificate recognition of
IECEE certificate for products of Small-Scale Solar Photovoltaic Energy Systems.
Contact CSIAfor a list of the international standards they will be looking for on these products.
CITC (Communication & IT Commission ), the regulatory agency in Saudi Arabia, confirmed that cellular products will no longer be approved unless they are imported and/or sold with a SIM card purchased from a local carrier. Previously foreign SIM cards were allowed.
G-Mark certification is now mandatory for products shipped to Saudi Arabia. Instructions received from SASO stipulate that G-Mark Certification is prerequisite for issuing the Certificate of Conformity starting from 18 January 2018.
CSIA has the specific list of products affected by this new regulation. Please don't hesitate to contact us for details.
As regulations change from time to time in many countries you should contact CSIA for up to date information.
CSIA can also provide supporting services should your company not be able to meet country specific requirements such as a local representative, local certificate holder, translating documents into the native language, etc. Contact CSIA at (503) 489 8006 or firstname.lastname@example.org for all your FCC certification, CE certification, Industry Canada and International Approval needs.